Birmingham AL | Completed
The high-density community is organized into two buildings flanking a sheltered urban courtyard, with six homes in the north building and five in the south. At ground level in the north building, streetside live-work units accommodate a range of commercial or creative uses as well as shifts in business or family life. Covered on-site parking is provided for four of the units. Trading parking for density allowed homes to come at a much lower price and made living in the urban core more attainable for residents that prioritize proximity over driving.
The restrained materials palette is elevated with refined details. Economical fiber-cement battens—used in graphic striation—set off full-height windows and rich, vernacular materials along the street edge.
A sheltered breezeway runs through the site, connecting the 2nd Avenue and alley entries and providing bicycle parking. Double-sided units offer cross ventilation and a direct connection to the outdoors. Private balconies offer city views, and interior air is highly filtered. The rooftops are solar-panel ready.
Immersed in and connected with the downtown grid—close to restaurants, trails, and city amenities—the property represents a significant step toward a more walkable, livable, and sustainable neighborhood.
2323 2nd Avenue South